[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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[Book Review] The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

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Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In 1945, a young woman named Laura Chase dies under ambiguous circumstances. Several decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recalls her memories of her childhood and the events and relationships that affected her wealthy, eccentric family, including her unhappy marriage to businessman Richard Griffen. Intertwined with Iris’ story are chapters from “The Blind Assassin”, the scandalous novel that made Laura famous. In it, two illicit lovers create a science fiction story about a blind killer on a distant planet. Together, these stories gradually illuminate the secrets of the Chase family.

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[Book Review] Hunger by Knut Hamsun

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Author: Knut Hamsun
Genre: Fiction, classics, literary fiction, psychological

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set at the end of the 19th century, we follow the struggles of a starving young man trying to make it as a writer in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. On the outside he tries to maintain an image of someone respectable and dignified, his sense of pride is strong, and he works hard to get his work published. However the poverty he lives in, and not to mention the overwhelming hunger he feels on a daily basis, slowly but surely shatters his sense of reality.

I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sult”.

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[Book Review] Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

30037751Title: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Author: Madeleine Thien
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Through three successive generations we experience momentous historical events of post-war China. The children of those who survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1970s became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989. In a different narrative set in present-day Vancouver, 10-year-old Marie and her mother take in a young Chinese refugee named Ai-Ming. In the years to follow, Marie tries to make sense of her complicated and fractured family history, and her quest unveils how her layered story directly relates to Ai-Ming’s. This epic saga is skillfully weaved together by music, politics, family, and loss.

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[Book Review] The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

34380383Title: The Tidal Zone
Author: Sarah Moss
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I won this book through a giveaway hosted on Instagram and am reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Stay-at-home parent Adam and working full-time doctor Emma live in Coventry with their two daughters. One day Adam receives a call from school concerning Miriam, his eldest daughter. For no apparent reason, 15-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. The family is thrown into the terrible situation of waiting and not knowing, and as they struggle to come to terms with what’s happened, they try to reclaim a sense of normalcy.

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[ARC Review] The Last Kid Left by Rosecrans Baldwin

51f9eic3bhl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Last Kid Left
Author: Rosecrans Baldwin
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, crime

Publisher: MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: June 6th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary (modified from Goodreads): Nineteen-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. is driving drunk through New Jersey on his way to Mexico, with the dead bodies of Toussaint’s doctor and his wife in the backseat. When Nick crashes the car, police chief Martin Krug becomes involved in the case. Despite an easy murder confession from Nick, something doesn’t quite add up for the soon-to-be retired Krug. Nick is extradited to his hometown of Claymore, New Hampshire, where the local scandal rocks the residents. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Emily Portis, rallies behind her boyfriend. This story charts the evolution of their relationship and of Emily’s own coming-of-age in the face of tragedy and justice.

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[Book Review] Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

29983711Title: Pachinko
Author: Min Jin Lee
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Beginning in the early 1900s and spanning several decades, we follow one Korean family through multiple generations. Sunja, abandoned by her wealthy yakuza lover and unhappily pregnant with his child, is saved when a young Korean minister passing through on his way to Japan offers to marry her. He is a sickly man but gentle and understanding, and she decides to go with him to Osaka. Sunja’s decision is what sets off the saga of a family struggling to survive and prosper in a foreign land.

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